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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Mar 25, 2009 8:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 68-77 package

Hi everyone,

I'm picking ONE concert/album from each year (68-77) to give to my friend as a sort of introduction. I'm having trouble narrowing it down because I've never done this before, and I would love to get some input on this.

So far, here are the possibilities:

1968: anything from february; 10-12; two from the vault (actually compiled from two concerts, but...whatever); 12-29

1969: probably either an april show, or early november show... can't decide if she's a pro- or anti=feedback gal.

1970: Almost definitely DP8. Great acoustic set will feed her some digestible song singletons as well as a kickass electric set. I would use 6-24 but for the sound quality (I think it's easily one of the top 3 performances they did in 1970)

1971: I'd go for 8-6, but I think I'm gonna use 2-18 just because of sound quality. It's a shame there wasn't a usable soundboard of 8-6. I'm not too familiar with most of the '71 stuff.

1972: Right now I'm leaning towards Veneta, but my heart's not in it. Persuade me to use something else.

1973: 10-19; 2-15; 11-11

1974: DP12, DP21, DP7 (I listen to all of these constantly); 6-18, 7-19

1975: Probably one from the vault but I'm also considering 6-17 despite sound quality. (btw I am not a soundboard snob, but I want to give her good quality recordings so she's not turned off)

1976: Another year I haven't fully explored. I like 7/18 and the new year's eve show, but suggestions are needed.

1977: Where do I start? 5-8, 5-17, 5-26, 5-28, 6-9, 10-29, 11-1, 11-4, 12-29, 12-30 are all desert island for me. I couldn't pick one out of those to keep... so what it comes down to is, what would be the best for someone not familiar with the material?


Thanks guys!

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Mar 26, 2009 6:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

What about 1968? Anyone have any opinions on early vs. later that year, for a beginner?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 26, 2009 7:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

TFTVault is great for latter half; 12-29-68 (here) for cosmic closure to the yr. 10-12-68 is a must for inclusion in everyone's top ten of the early era.

As you've heard, 6-14-68 is rough, but singular and here as an AUD.

Earlier in the yr is a diff set list, and some amazing stuff as indicated in the Clem/SpanJam threads over the past months (search on them). But, you have Anthem, a DL and a DPs to introduce you, besides the latest RTs for the all time fav of the first six months, 2-14-68.

As I said elsewhere, I spend more time in Jun to Dec 68, but many enjoy the the Jan to Jun period even more...

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Poster: spacedface Date: Mar 26, 2009 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

I'll always vote for The Other One from 8-21-68.

Not an expert or obsessed with this era but I also 2-14-68 and 10-12 & 13.

I haven't listened lately, but 'Two from the Vault' seems very good too, and is what turned me onto this period when all I could get were bad tapes.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Mar 26, 2009 5:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

I'd go with these 2 for mid 70s.

6-23-74 and 6-29-76.
As for 75 definitely go with One From the Vault.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Mar 26, 2009 8:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

just a couple of suggestions


all good choices but if your grappling with any years here's my input

69 - gotta be the Fillmore Feb/March shows they used for live Dead

71 - 2-18 is historic but not the best played for that year. I'd go for something tighter, the April Fillmore run or 8-6 which is available in SBD now although the aud is perfectly great.

72 - definately has to be something from Europe such as 5-26. As far out as Veneta and the Stanely run were, Europe has such phenominally pristine prescion it's hard to imagine any real fan of the art of music not to appreciate it

74 - I'd go with the DP that samples those two June shows ( Boston ).

75- forget about the 6-17 show, if you don't go with one from the vault then the next choice HAS to be 9-28-75. And go for the AUD, captures the true energy and essence of being there

76 - definately I'd go with 6-9, if not one of those July Orpheum shows

77 - Cornell is the obvious choice but you left out the 5-21 and 12-29 DP's which are both excellent. And I personally can't live without 5-25-77, impeccible and probably my top 1/2 step

78 - from Egypt with love

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Mar 26, 2009 10:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

Great suggestions here and everywhere else!

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Poster: Scrim Date: Mar 26, 2009 3:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

Acoustic is a good way to venture into the Dead. The album Bear's Choice doesn't suck

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Poster: elkdog Date: Mar 26, 2009 5:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

For '72, I'd go with a Europe show, just because that tour is such a vital part of Dead lore, and there are lots of good recordings in circulation (4/8, 4/17, 5/26 off the top of my head, not to mention Rockin' the Rhein). Those fall shows are good, too, but for a novice, E72 just seems important.

I love the 11-11-73 choice. I'll echo what's said above about it- maybe my favorite Dead show.

As for '77, not to be dull, but 5/8 has turned an awful lot of people on to the Dead, and it sounds immaculate, so you can't go wrong there. Of course, any good recording from that year will do the trick.

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Mar 26, 2009 6:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

Good point - their sound in Europe '72 was so clean and hot. They loosened up a little by the fall, and she might like the tightness of Rockin' the Rhein or one of the other ones.

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Poster: kschneid Date: Mar 25, 2009 9:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

A Miller SB circulates for 8/6/71 (96541, I believe). But if you skip DP2 (second set 10/31/71) for '71, you're nuts! ;-)

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Mar 26, 2009 5:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

Oh RIGHT... That Star always gave me the heebie jeebies (the happy ones, of course). I'll consider that one too.

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Mar 26, 2009 2:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

If it's really an introduction, perhaps the best thing from 1970 would be American Beauty.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Mar 26, 2009 7:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

I'll say go with Live/Dead for '69

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Poster: tank_tuba Date: Mar 26, 2009 9:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

You can't go wrong with 6/9/76 or 6/14/76.

And don't forget 10/3/76. Stronger than 10 acres of onions.

This post was modified by average_joe on 2009-03-26 16:11:32

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 25, 2009 9:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

I love the early era choices!

Way to go...remember you can use some of the RTs release for 8-6-71, and there is the matrix of this circulating somewheres...

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 25, 2009 9:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

Yeah, somewheres other than heres. *sob*

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Mar 26, 2009 5:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

Thanks, now I just gotta narrow them down...

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Poster: Bob Gnarley Date: Mar 26, 2009 6:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

Just slip her a dose and lock her in a room with Anthem Of The Sun playing on a continuous loop for about a day and a half.

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Mar 26, 2009 6:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

Good idea! I've always wanted to get arrested.

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Poster: csaw44 Date: Mar 26, 2009 12:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

06/09/76 has always been my fav, so check it out sometime!

Keep The Music Alive

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 26, 2009 1:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

I'll make 2 recommendations...If your heart's not really in it for 8/27/72 (I think it should be, but, hey...your choice) I'd go with either 9/26/72 or 9/28/72 of the Stanley, NJ run.

And even thouh I personally love 10/29/77 as my fave all time show, for introduction purposes to a newbie, to try and elicit that "oh, I get it!" spark, I'd probably go with Cornell 5/8/77.

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Poster: JC Edwards Date: Mar 26, 2009 2:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

Most definitely turn her on to 11/11/73! The Dark Star>MLB Jam>Eyes is more than worth the price of addmission. :-)

This message will self-destruct with the first dose.....

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Poster: BongWzrd Date: Mar 26, 2009 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 68-77 package

I will stick to shows that circulate on LMA since DP's are a must for anyone trying to turn a friend on to the Dead...

I will stay away from the years that I am not well versed in, 68-71', 76' and 78'......

05-26-72 MONSTER SHOW Highlight: Other One>Drums>Other One Jam>Dew>Other One>Sing Me Back Home UNREAL!!!!

06-10-73 3 sets! Highlight: DS>He's Gone>Warf Rat>Truckin>Sugar Mag This show is devastating

07-25-74 Highlight: DS>Stella 74' DS are rare, 2nd set DS even more rare

1975 Just give them all of the shows

06-09-77 Prophet>Stephen>NFA>Drums>Stephen>Terrapin>Sugar Mag Enough said.....

Good luck with your choices!!!